Militarization of Chile's Southern Macrozone Arouses More Criticism |  News

The National Institute of Human Rights (INDH) and several mayors of Chile rejected on Wednesday the decree of a state of emergency issued by President Sebastián Piñera, which entails the militarization of four provinces in two southern regions, and stressed that dialogue is the only one way to face the crisis that the region is experiencing.

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In a statement published on its website, the NHRI Directorate described as a failure that the armed forces should be involved to contain the incidents of violence that occurred in Biobío, Arauco, Malleco and Cautín.

Also “it is a failure of the State and of society, as a whole, that murders and other acts of violence are committed and that the guilty cannot be investigated, tried or convicted,” says the text.

The organization emphasized that dialogue is the only possible way “to face the serious crisis that is being experienced in the Macro South Zone.”

In addition, he valued that the Constitutional Convention, in charge of the drafting of a new Magna Carta, “has the historic opportunity to establish a new intercultural pact on which peace and justice are based in the south of Chile.”

Social sectors and political leaders have criticized the militarization of the region. Among the latter are the regional governors of La Araucanía, Luciano Rivas (ruling party) and Biobío, Rodrigo Díaz (opposition).

Díaz met this Wednesday with the mayors of the communes of Lebu, Cañete, Los Ángeles and Alto Bío Bío, located in the South Macrozone, to analyze the State of Emergency.

The mayor of Cañete, Jorge Radonich, urged that dialogue on the demonstrations of force be privileged, a position that was endorsed by the mayor of Lebu, Cristián Peña. Radonich appreciated that the measure, far from pacifying, can generate much more delicate and complex situations, as well as an increase in victims.

For his part, the mayor of Alto Bío Bío, Nibaldo Piñaleo, considered that the decree does not offer a solution to the demands of the communities, afflicted by historical inequity, and was not previously communicated.

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